* We have new people joining us. This is just a disclaimer that I am no one special. I just have a great desire to be prepared and ready for any disaster that may come.
* This video came up in a meeting I attended last Sunday. Helena Kleinlein – Feast or Famine? The Coming Food Shortages. It’s about 45 minutes long and well worth the watching. It is NOT intended to frighten you, but to inform you that there IS a reason to be storing food.
* Announcing a free Ham radio in-person, all-day, entry-level “Technician Class” workshop — Saturday, October 2, 2021 in the Pacific Beach neighborhood of San Diego, CA. For more information, or to start the registration process, please send an email to K6RJF@arrl.net.
* Here is the email I got from USU Extension this week:
- Meet with your family or household and discuss the disasters that are most likely to occur.
- Review basic actions for each situation and decide on a family meeting place.
- Decide how you’ll contact each other if separated.
- Make an inventory of your home.
- Show all family members where to shut off the utilities.
- Assemble an emergency preparedness kit. Instructions can be found here.
- Compile a list of emergency contacts.
- Identify the best evacuation routes from the house.
- Choose a regular time to practice your plan.
- Conduct a practice run of evacuation routes, and evaluate any changes that need to be made.
- Examine your emergency preparedness kit and replace items that have expired or are no longer viable.
- Practice cooking a meal using electricity-free methods.
This list is not comprehensive, but it is a good place to begin. Check out more emergency preparedness tips here.
LONG TERM FOCUS: Milk
Milk is available from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints here: Nonfat Dry Milk | United States Store. You do NOT have to be a member of the church to purchase any of the food they offer. Each pouch makes 32 servings. 12 pouches = $66. Or about $11 per pouch. $11 for 2 gallons of milk is NOT cheaper than fresh. But the shelf life is listed at 20 years! I checked with Emergency Essentials. They have a #10 can for $19.99. It makes about 36 servings (slightly more). That’s an $8 difference in the price PER POUCH! Plus, I don’t think the Church charges shipping. (I could be wrong about that). You MUST buy by the case.
So far this month, we’ve talked about juice, cocoa, lemonade, and drink mix to add variety to the water. You also can get packs of kool-aid. You’ll need to add sugar to mix, but you don’t have to add nearly as much as called for. You have another chance this week to pick something up and store it away.
72-HOUR KIT FOCUS: Water Filters
There are a lot of options here. You can get a life straw: 2 Pack Water Filter Straw – Water Purifying Device – Portable Personal Water Filtration Survival. It removes E. coli, salmonella, legionella, etc. It reduced chlorine and harmful particles. It will filter 1,500 liters of water!!! You get two straws for $16.00 or so.
Another choice is a water bottle with a filter. Journey™ Water Bottle with Filter. They remove 99.999% of viruses and bacteria.
I’m NOT recommending either of these products – but you SHOULD have something like them. If you are caught stranded without water, this filter could be a lifesaver. I have a filter in each of my 72-hour kits.
FOOD STORAGE RECIPES
Today’s recipes are from There’s a Cow in the Kitchen by Virginia Nelson
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 c. water
1/2 c. non-instant milk powder ( or shy 1 c. of instant milk)
1 tsp vanilla or rum flavoring
Beat or blend until foamy. Chill before serving.
Orange Yogurt Sherbet
2 c. yogurt
1 6-oz can frozen orange juice concentrate
1 tsp vanilla
Combine ingredients and freeze until firm.
3/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. non-instant dry milk (of 1 1/3 c. instant)
1/2 c. warm water
1/4 c. lemon or orange juice
1 c. cream cheese or bakers cheese
Combine sugar and powdered milk. In a blender container place the warm water and turn on. With motor running, add the sugar and milk mixture. Add lemon juice or orange juice and “cream cheese” or bakers’ cheese. Pour into a graham cracker crust.